Gartner Research

How to Successfully Deploy Application Control

Published: 25 January 2013

ID: G00246912

Analyst(s): Neil MacDonald

Summary

To protect from advanced targeted attacks that evade traditional, signature-based protection, interest in application control (or whitelisting) for desktops and servers has increased. Security professionals should plan carefully for successful deployments.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Planning for Application Control
    • Agree on Project Goals and Priorities
    • Don't Underestimate Cultural Change Issues
    • Start With Servers and Fixed-Function Devices First, Then Move on to Users With Well-Defined Work Styles
    • Define a Process for Exception Management
    • Require Vendors to Support Trusted Change
  • Design and Selection
    • Architect to Address Complex End-User Usage Scenarios
    • Acknowledge and Address Gaps That Application Control Doesn't Solve
    • Don't Plan on a One-Size-Fits-All Strategy
    • Require Vendors to Provide Application Reputation Services
    • Consider Alternative Approaches
    • Don't Overpay
  • Deployment
    • Automate the Building of the Initial Whitelist
    • Roll Out to a Pilot Group in "Observation" Mode First
    • Staff Appropriately

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